Aamir Khan says he is open to ‘Lagaan’ remake

Aamir Khan has revealed that he is open to ‘Lagaan’ being remade if a filmmaker shows interest in remaking the blockbuster.

Aamir Khan says he is open to 'Lagaan' remake f

"They’ll have their own perspective."

Aamir Khan has revealed that Lagaan can potentially be remade, should a filmmaker show interest in doing so.

He said he would not hesitate to give them the film rights as he is curious to see another perspective.

On the 20th anniversary of Lagaan on June 15, 2021, Aamir was asked if he believed the film could be remade.

Aamir, whose company Aamir Khan Productions produced Lagaan, said:

“It can be done. But I don’t want to make it because Ashutosh (director Ashutosh Gowariker) and I have already made it once.

“It’ll be boring for us to make the same film again.

“But if another filmmaker wants to make Lagaan, Ashutosh and I will be happy to give him or her the rights.

“They’ll have their own perspective.”

He went on to say that he would be interested in who would play the lead role of Bhuvan.

Aamir continued: “I don’t believe in being possessive about my films.

“I would like to see who will do Bhuvan better than me. I would learn something from it.

“It’ll be a different film, I’d like to see that, it’ll be charming.”

Lagaan follows the story of Bhuvan (Aamir Khan), a villager from Gujarat’s Champaner, who is challenged by a British officer, played by Paul Blackthorne, to a game of cricket, as a wager to avoid paying the taxes they owe.

It remains one of Bollywood’s most iconic films.

However, director Ashutosh Gowariker revealed he would make one change if he were to make Lagaan today.

He revealed: “I would definitely make it exactly the way I made it, but there would be one ‘correction’ that I would like to do.

“And the correction is that when we made the film then, it was four hours and five minutes, the first cut that we had.

“And we had removed 18 or 20 minutes of an entire track, which was Captain Russell arresting the villagers and putting them behind bars, and framing them, and then Elizabeth coming and rescuing them.

“It was a very interesting track, with a lot of romance that was entwined between the three of them – Bhuvan, Gauri, and Elizabeth. That had to go.

“Today if I have to make the film, I would somehow try to keep it inclusive of the three hours 44 minutes, so that audiences are able to enjoy that also, which is a tall order, but I would have loved to do that.”

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